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BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide

keberoxu 23 Jul 21 - 10:49 PM
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skarpi 22 Jul 21 - 12:36 PM
Donuel 22 Jul 21 - 09:35 AM
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Donuel 16 Jul 21 - 02:27 PM
Stilly River Sage 16 Jul 21 - 11:53 AM
Sandra in Sydney 16 Jul 21 - 11:13 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Jul 21 - 10:49 PM

Those WHO maps that show the coronavirus prevalence by VARIANT,
one variant per map,
are most instructive.

Although, how you interpret the map makes a difference.
I wonder,
in some countries, the information is lacking
about WHICH variant is present?

Take the Russian Federation: they show
prevalence of alpha, beta, and delta,
but NOT gamma ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 Jul 21 - 12:45 PM

All the better, Skarpi!

That gives us non-Icelanders
a new cuss-word to use!

... or honorary Icelanders like Rapparee ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 22 Jul 21 - 12:36 PM

Skrúmp is another and better word for ( Shit or fuck ) .....Skrúmp can have all those meanings , also it can be like this Skrúmpað , like amazing ...

got it :) ...I use this alot ...and it´s not hurting any one .

All the best Skarpi

P.s I started to use this when my Grandchildren start to come to us for visit .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 22 Jul 21 - 09:35 AM

Sounds like the stinky rear end of a skunk.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 21 Jul 21 - 03:38 PM

. . . but skarpi,
what do YOU say is the meaning of
"Skrump!" ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 21 Jul 21 - 02:53 PM

jabb, we are going into Lockdown soon .
this is getting out of hand here in Iceland, we will be Red on the Map soon.
all the best Skarpi


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Jul 21 - 01:57 PM

The Canadian Council of Exasperation announced today "I know we said we all can relax lockdowns for the eleventh time but..." ;<]


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 20 Jul 21 - 01:35 PM

Vaccines do prevent death and morbid hospitalization infections.
The Delta Covid will still enter your body and multiply at a rate 1,000 times greater than original Covid. You then pose an even greater risk to unvaccinated people. When vaccinated it can not attach to your lung tissue so you may not even feel sick but boy oh boy are you infectious to others.

Those who know what they are talking about realize the unvaccinated world will be facing many infections for about 4 years. They also know there are lots of unknowns to face.

I have to admit the 'strategy' of this virus is brilliant and from a virus POV ideal. Nothing succeeds like success- which is all it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Jos
Date: 20 Jul 21 - 12:36 PM

Maybe 'skrúmp' is linked to the English word 'scrumple', as in squashing cloth or paper up into a smaller mass.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: MudGuard
Date: 20 Jul 21 - 10:31 AM

Icelandic "Skrúmp" translates to English "shrinkage"


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Jos
Date: 20 Jul 21 - 03:23 AM

Well 'scrumping' means eating apples off somebody else's tree.
Sorry, that's not much help.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Jul 21 - 10:09 PM

what does Skrump! mean?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 19 Jul 21 - 11:00 AM

Skarpi, the advice Canadians are getting from our public health authorities is to expect the current vaccines to keep us out of hospital if we catch the virus. Because COVID-19 mutates quickly, and has different effects on different age groups, the kind of blanket immunity we get from a smallpox vaccination or a polio jab is not yet possible.

Remember that COVID-19 is a new disease, and the scientists are paddling as fast as they can.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 17 Jul 21 - 04:44 PM

those who are sick are people who already got 2 shots of either Astra,moderna, Jensen or Pfizer, so the question now is all though
we get less sick after the vaccine, are we just a lab rat´s for the drug firms, think of all the money they get for this, I have a second thought.


I have a feeling that some thing is very off, and when I get a feeling
It often turns out to be right .

Skrúmp !

All the best from me and take extra care of you and yours and remember that what we have today we may not have tomorrow.
Skarpi .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 17 Jul 21 - 04:34 PM

well , I got two shots of Astra Zeneca and now it seems that all the vaccine s are not working completely, I knew I could get sick, and I knew that I could carry the virus, I am not sick I still wear a mask and sterilize my hand, I try to keep about 2 mtr from other people, and it seems that the 4 wave of the Covid is beginning here in Iceland,


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Madhatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Jul 21 - 02:27 PM

Every state in the US except Utah have 32%-58% rise in an infection rate over these last 3 weeks. All the deaths (100%) are among the unvaccinated. Many of them are wonderful young people (14 to 40), just scared, misinformed or naive. The real ass holes are the ones who are vaccinated but influence others to not vaccinate. Then there are the stupid left over Trump believers who never will vaccinate.

Morning back pain is keeping me from the cooler morning projects I want to do. Maybe a chiropracter is in order.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jul 21 - 11:53 AM

Checking in from the State of Texas that has been in the news because of divisive GOP attempts to restrict voting. Gah.

The state has 42% of the population fully-vaccinated, with another 7% receiving at least one dose (of the 2-dose program). So I'm still wearing a mask in open public places, as much in solidarity as in protecting myself (you CAN catch COVID-19 if you have been vaccinated - it will make you sick but probably won't kill you.)

I've managed to build up my social life to the point that I'm out a couple of days a week working in a park or museum. There's something about having to prepare and go out and do whatever that makes the days I spend at home all the more precious. Today, more canning. I might pick enough peppers to make a second batch of salsa - the first batch has been a huge hit with my family.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Jul 21 - 11:13 AM

keep away from those gun-toters!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Jul 21 - 10:45 AM

I received my second jab a week ago; only seven more days and I'll be fit to leave town with a clear conscience. But not without a mask -- or several. As with underpants, clean each day is the way to go.

If only Canada would hurry up and issue durable vaccination certificates! The Ontario Ministry of Health e-mailed me a bar code, but I'm afraid the gun-toting guys & gals at the US border will think it's a price tag from Home Depot.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 15 Jul 21 - 10:41 PM

Really happy to see this thread still circulating.
Where I am, so many people ARE vaccinated
that the surest way to cause a fuss is
... to show up unvaccinated and wearing a facemask.
Which is a long way from where we were one year ago.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 14 Jul 21 - 10:44 AM

my second dose is due late August. Our immunisation program is a - I won't say a joke, cos it isn't funny. Even the New York Times has a story about it.

here in Australia's largest city we are in lockdown with only a few reasons to be outside, with masks to be worn inside & outside & long lines at testing & vaccination hubs - delta covid has been running wild & not everyone is taking it seriously.

Parties have been happening, some folks are only fined the basic $1000, but rich "sportsmen" flaunting the regulations also lose tens of thousand from their clubs.

A couple of months ago amusement was caused by a bloke who signed in using QR codes to 51 shops in widespread locations over 2 days, but the contact-tracers loved him.

News item tonight said something like 25 people signed into an establishment where 76 sales were made! Pity the contact tracers.

We even have 2 apartment buildings in different areas in total lockdown as residents have been catching delta from each other. Police are supervising grocery/meal deliveries, & health care worker visits.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: MudGuard
Date: 14 Jul 21 - 09:56 AM

just got my 2nd vaccination (biontech today, astra zeneca 8 weeks ago ...)


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 08 Jun 21 - 06:57 AM

If I have been able to plan my movements, I do not think I will ever board mass transit again without a mask. I think one effect of this pandemic will be that others will not only not think such a measure odd, but reasonable in the circumstances.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 07 Jun 21 - 07:15 PM

I suspect that COVID and its variants will be with us for a long, long time, and we should get used to the idea.

That would mean frequent re-inoculation, like the annual flu shot but with higher stakes and, consequently, more nagging from the public health authorities (I hope).

And we would get used to bouts of mask-wearing and limitations on gathering and travel, depending on infection rates and the appearance of variants.

Kinda like the olden days, before mass immunization and antibiotics, when quarantine was not a figure of speech.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 05 Jun 21 - 06:48 PM

Hallo again , right this is not over don´t you forget that, the worst is yet to come, but we´ll get there in the end .
My hope is that Humanity will come stronger and united out of this pandemic
but my wish may not come true
from the Elf-land
all the best . Skarpi


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 May 21 - 01:56 PM

Once the Trump nonsense was cleared out and our medical folks allowed to work unimpeded, things have moved forward quickly. Even with a sizable chunk of the population reluctant or recalcitrant about the vaccines, things are moving forward.

It took a lot of work to reach this point, and now that we're looking around we're seeing that much of the rest of the world isn't in as happy a place. India is a hot mass of smoky cremation pyres. Trump was no good at sharing with others and when Biden came into office he was busy trying to counteract the Trump effect. Now it is time to help others - and the fastest way would be to open up the patents so other countries can make the vaccine. This is a point where extremely rich and well-positioned American and European companies must be persuaded to share the bounty and help rid the world of COVID.

Easier said than done.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 May 21 - 08:35 PM

I'm living in 'congregate housing' at the moment, have been for over a year.

A very few members of the, shall we say, community have issues with things like anaphylaxis, did I write it wrong?
and have chosen not to be vaccinated;
the rest of us went and got our two doses.

I still think it is prudent to err on the side of caution.
And this state, Massachusetts,
after a scary lockdown at the beginning of the pandemic,
has mostly been careful. Although other places,
including Vermont, have been stricter yet
and have naturally had fewer cases.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 17 May 21 - 11:06 AM

Infection rates in Ontario are edging down after nearly six weeks of the latest lockdown, and the Premier has just announced that families will be allowed to go camping in provincial parks this summer if they stay away from other people.

I always thought that was the whole point of recreational camping, but I could be wrong.

The current stay-home order, the third (or maybe the fourth?), is scheduled to be lifted on 2 June. When the previous lockdown ended just before Easter, it took less than two weeks for the public health authorities to slam the province shut again as infection rates spiked in all the cities, the dreaded variants made their debut, and young people began showing up in ICUs.

So we'll see.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 17 May 21 - 08:30 AM

I have found the liberation of being fully vaccinated to be more gradual than I had imagined but its still fun.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: MudGuard
Date: 17 May 21 - 08:01 AM

got my first vaccination last Wednesday.

And did neither die nor got eaten by Bill Gates (or whatever these anti-vaccination people threaten will happen to vaccinated people ...)

Germany totals:
11.2% got both their vaccinations,
~26% got their first vaccination but not yet the second one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 16 May 21 - 04:33 PM

The weather here in Annapolis, where I came for my nephew's graduation as his parents are in Tasmania behind closed borders, is absolutely marvy.
I am *on* my first leave-town-visit-people trip since before my hospitalization in Jan 2020, and the ones I took in the year before that, while I was circling the drain, I did not *enjoy* so, yay.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 May 21 - 03:47 PM

Hey, don't stop now,
keep checking in, everybody . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 Apr 21 - 10:55 AM

Apropos of the tragedy of the Texas ice storm,
there are new journalistic updates online
about the deaths from
carbon monoxide poisoning alone
-- a statewide scandal,
in that there are no requirements in place
for domiciles to have carbon monoxide detectors.
That story haunted me for hours after I read it yesterday.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Apr 21 - 01:58 PM

True, Skarpi,
the North American press is making much of
the pandemic in India at the moment.

And where I am staying,
the variant versions are attracting infection AND attention.

Hope things get healthier soon in Iceland.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: robomatic
Date: 24 Apr 21 - 08:32 PM

In Alaska we have enough vaccine doses that tourists can get them. There is a significant number of people who will not take the vaccine for political or quasi-religious reasons. Restaurants are open. I am not aware of religious services yet, but that is on the horizon. Our local government has mandated mask wearing but indications are that this will not last through the summer.
Our infection rate is non-zero but I don't think it is high. Our death rate is close to zero.
I've been out to restaurants twice in the last week, for the first times for a year.
Starbucks is still doing everything through drive-thrus, but some local coffee shops are open for seating.

I believe we are as likely as anyone else to be getting the disease variants and I personally think we are not out of the woods due to these and the vaccine resistance of enough people to prevent us getting to a herd immunity. How many tourists we get this Summer will also be interesting. As of this moment we are apparently getting little to no cruise ship visits; and I believe Canada is limiting overland transit across her territory, which kinda puts us at the end of aviation only access.

Interesting Times!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 24 Apr 21 - 06:20 PM

I was looking for this word..better late than ever ... quarantine
, this is far from over, India , Us Europe, Sweden, Iceland , Norway Italia
Africa , South America and many more .
stay save
all the best Skarpi


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 24 Apr 21 - 01:04 PM

Hallo all, well because of a foreign tourist infective of Covid, who would no respect staying for 5
Days in a four star hotel paid by the Goverment, we have now massive group of people who are infective of Covid, we should close the border.
All the best from Iceland Skarpi


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 20 Apr 21 - 06:37 PM

Yes, Charmion, the "cut direct" -- I learned about that,
not in USA American conversation, but in reading
neo-Regency novelists like Georgette Heyer.

The county where my clinic is, Berkshire County,
has been startled by the coronavirus variants.
Vaccinations are going well in the county,
and there had been no rising 'curve' in infection
until those pesky variants turned up.

But here in Massachusetts, at least where I have traveled,
people are cautious and courteous, and more power to them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 19 Apr 21 - 10:23 AM

Skarpi, that's very sad. Fingers crossed ...

Ontario is deep in a third wave, with case counts spiking in large urban areas. The worst hit are the sectors of metropolitan Toronto where warehouses, factories and food-processing plants are concentrated, and the neighbourhoods where essential workers live. For the first time, some Canadian regional per-capita infection rates exceed rates in comparable regions in the United States.

The vaccination campaign is too slow and awkward for plenty of reasons, but I think the main one is inconsistent supply. When case counts spike in dense urban areas, especially among essential workers, vaccine doses allocated to thinly populated regions (like Huron-Perth, where I live) are redirected to crisis areas. Consequently, Toronto residents in their 40s are being vaccinated now, while in Huron-Perth the campaign is only now reaching healthy folks in the 65+ cohort.

For the record, I'm fine, and scheduled for my first vaccine dose on Friday.

The news media are full of stories about anger and resistance to the latest lockdown orders -- in Ontario, it's a stay-home directive with travel restrictions until mid-May -- but I note general compliance with mask and distancing rules here in Stratford. It used to be rude to cross the street on spotting another person (the "cut direct"), but now it's as routine as looking both ways before crossing. On heavily travelled arterial roads, the person facing traffic steps off the sidewalk into the curb lane.

When it's tolerably warm in the late afternoon, I sit on my porch with a book and a beverage, and wave at passers-by. When I'm out stretching my own legs, I see that many other people do the same thing. Everyone says hi, even the teenagers.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 19 Apr 21 - 09:30 AM

Everything is going bad here, spreading fast all because one person did not follow the rules
All the best from Iceland Skarpi


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 Apr 21 - 11:08 AM

I'm visiting Norfolk County in Massachusetts,
outside of Boston (Suffolk County) for a few days.

Last night I stopped at a Walmart super-store
for some laundry detergent.
Don't know what Walmart is like in other regions,
but up here, face-masks were on every person in the store,
including families with small children.
And people were social distancing carefully.
That building can hold a lot of people, even
with the six-foot-distance rule.

Lot of working mothers getting ingredients for food and cooking.
And probably a few working fathers too.

Still quantities of businesses, especially the small ones,
who admit customers by appointment only.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 21 - 11:34 AM

I know, Skarpi. I think it would do the US well to share the vaccines sooner rather than later, or help with the manufacturing exceptions that the World Health Organization can grant so more of the vaccine can be prepared. There is a Canadian company asking for such an exception and I think the guy who owns it is eyeing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, that is already being manufactured by several companies (outsourced). The link is to the radio interview and the transcribed story. I've pasted the whole thing here in case you can't open it from your location.

A Canadian company challenges vaccine rules to increase access

For decades, the small Canadian company, Biolyse Pharma, has specialized in making injectable cancer drugs at its plant in St. Catharine’s Ontario.

When the pandemic hit, co-founder Claude Mercure watched from the sidelines as vaccine inequities unfolded globally. He wanted to help.

“We basically have the equipment. We have large bioreactors here that could deal with an industrial production,” he said. “We should leave no stones unturned.”

By his own estimates, Biolyse could make at least 20 million COVID-19 vaccines a year, specifically the kind of effective, single-dose shot that Johnson & Johnson developed and has gained emergency approval for in several countries and through the World Health Organization.

There’s just one catch: Johnson & Johnson holds the patent and the recipe — it controls who makes the vaccine, what to charge and where it goes. Biolyse wants to make the vaccine on its own, anyway, through what’s called a compulsory license under Canada’s Access To Medicines Regime. The company’s unconventional move is adding to a fierce global debate about who controls vaccine knowledge and production in a pandemic.

Earlier this year, Biolyse reached out to Johnson & Johnson by email to request permission to produce the vaccine, according to Mercure. Johnson & Johnson responded that they weren’t interested, he said.

That’s what led Biolyse to consider a compulsory license. In the mid-'90s, the World Trade Organization created rules that allow countries to issue compulsory licensing through their own legal and regulatory provisions. Canada’s specific rule has only been used once before — in the mid-2000s — to make HIV medicines to export to Rwanda.

If the Canadian government allows Biolyse to move ahead on this, it would mean the company could make the vaccine and export it — if they pay a fee to Johnson & Johnson. Mercure said it would be preferable to work directly with Johnson & Johnson, but this type of vaccine is based on a widely used technology and could be reverse engineered.

Jake Sargent, a Johnson & Johnson spokesperson, told The World in a statement that vaccine production involves “complex manufacturing processes,” and that there’s a limited number of places that can do this at quality and scale. Johnson & Johnson reviewed about 100 companies located around the world, he said, and selected 11 to enter into manufacturing agreements with, which would allow them to make more than a billion vaccine doses just this year, including doses directed to the global vaccine collaboration, COVAX, and the Africa Union.

Biolyse, which has never produced a vaccine before, is not one of those companies.

Biolyse’s efforts make for a powerful case study for testing out the global rules that were set up to respond to essential medicine shortages amid a public health crisis, according to Ana Santos Rutschman, an assistant professor of health law at St. Louis University.

“This means that something that was mostly a theory or legal framework that went unused, suddenly becomes a possibility,” Rutschman said. “We sometimes just need one, you know, one to lead the pack and then we can resort to this mechanism, which really has been underused by developed countries.”

To date, no country has issued a compulsory license for a vaccine in the pandemic. But such licensing is not unheard of, according to Carlos Correa, executive director of the South Centre, an intergovernmental agency that works with 54 countries.

Take the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic: “Some companies in developing countries started to produce the H1N1 vaccine because they were not available,” Correa said. “For instance, one in Argentina, in my own country, got an agreement with the government. The government supported the development of a plant in order for the production of H1N1 vaccines. So, this happens.”

Such a move faces a lot of opposition today from the European Union, the US, and drug developers themselves, who are mainly based in these regions, according to Rutschman.

“The concern is that if we do this with vaccines, what [is] next?” she said.

As in, could this challenge the model for developing drugs worldwide, which rewards companies with exclusive rights?

The deepening inequities in vaccine access and continuing surges in COVID-19 infections have prompted even more sweeping proposals. The World Health Organization created a system to encourage vaccine makers to voluntarily share their knowledge and technical know-how for making COVID-19 vaccines with other manufacturers. So far, no company wants to share.

South Africa and India have asked the World Trade Organization to lift all COVID-19 patents for the duration of the pandemic — a move that would more easily allow for compulsory licensing. While the proposal has gained support, many countries remain opposed, and it would require a consensus to advance.

In a recent letter to President Joe Biden, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America cautioned against lifting patents for vaccines: “Eliminating those protections would undermine the global response to the pandemic, including ongoing effort to tackle new variants, create confusion that could potentially undermine public confidence in vaccine safety, and create a barrier to information sharing. Most importantly, eliminating protections would not speed up production.”

Yet, other manufacturers around the world, from Pakistan to Bangladesh, have expressed interest in producing vaccines or vaccine components locally to improve access and be better situated for future disease outbreaks.

Related: Brazil saw its first COVID-19 death a year ago. Today the death toll nears 300,000.

The escalating vaccine shortages have leaders even in Europe assessing all options and taking notice of Biolyse, according to Kathleen Van Brempt, a Belgian member of the European Parliament and member of its trade committee.

“We need to learn from this crisis,” she said. “That’s why the Biolyse case is also very interesting to me. It will not deliver so much vaccines for the rest of the world or the European Union, but it’s an interesting case, because I want to know whether compulsory licensing is working. How do we make the world health system pandemic-proof?”

In Canada, it’s unclear whether Biolyse will have much success with their effort, or if they do get the green light, how long it will then take to manufacture and gain approval for their version.

Mercure said he’s not giving up. The world needs all the support and vaccines it can get.

“I would pursue this until I stop working for sure,” he said. “We feel that we have to do something.”


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 04 Apr 21 - 11:10 AM

Lucky you , can get vaccine right away, we have to wait and wait ...and wait....not every one are at the same table in this world does it .
take care
Skarpi .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 21 - 10:07 AM

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are now telling us that vaccinated Americans can travel within the US as long as we wear masks. Vaccinated Americans are at low risk while traveling but must still wear masks, the C.D.C. says.

Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can travel “at low risk to themselves,” both within the United States and internationally, but they must continue to take precautions like wearing a mask in public to avoid possibly spreading the virus to others, federal health officials said on Friday.

The new recommendations are a modest departure from previous advice. Federal health officials have been urging Americans not to travel at all, unless they absolutely must. That recommendation still applies, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters at a White House news conference on Friday.

New virus cases, hospitalizations and new deaths have declined significantly since their January peaks, but new infections have remained at a level that health officials say is too high. New deaths on average have only just dipped below 900 a day, according to a New York Times database, and hospitalization numbers have started to level off.

With the case increases in recent weeks, federal health officials are concerned about the potential impact of easing restrictions. Scientists are not yet certain whether, or how often, vaccinated people may become infected, even briefly, and transmit the virus to others. A recent C.D.C. study suggested that it may be a rare event, and the agency said on Friday that about 101.8 million people — nearly one-third of the total U.S. population — had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Until that question is resolved, many public health officials feel it is unwise to tell vaccinated Americans simply to do as they please. Yet at the same time, Dr. Walensky said on Friday, the agency wished to acknowledge a growing body of evidence suggesting that the risk to vaccinated travelers themselves is comparatively low.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 03 Apr 21 - 06:21 PM

Hallo , again some country s are closing down again , now in Iceland people have to go to special hotel for five days , all people who are from red and orange zone , shjæsss this is not over far from it , people are getting tired of this sorry I say this china shit ....these words has nothing to do with people from china please take care all , and now people who already got vaccined are infected with Covid ? what is going on ...don´t take the mask off if you go with many people, but what do I do at home , well I have work , and between work days , I make music read books go to the store and take long walks , be with my grandchildren , I play and sing folkmusic , but I am studying more music , little bit of jazz , rockabilly, country and bluegrass ..so what do you do ?
stay healthy , all the best from Skarpi .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 Mar 21 - 09:58 AM

As the US races to inject vaccines into arms, Americans race to see if they can't manage one more surge of the virus, apparently for Old Time's sake. These new variants are part of that mix.

Here in Texas we're still figuring out what plants are completely dead and which may sprout from the roots again. And reports are out that the arctic blast named "Uri" by The Weather Channel that wiped out a lot of our landscaping also killed more people than Hurricane Harvey (named by the National Weather Service). 111 so far. Everything from hypothermia and asphyxiation (carbon monoxide) to vehicle accidents and slips and falls. And they're not finished counting, apparently.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 28 Mar 21 - 02:18 PM

We had an amazing thunderstorm at dawn today. Thunderstorms here are usually an afternoon, summer, phenomenon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 27 Mar 21 - 07:21 AM

It was indeed Mr Jinx, with Pixie and Dixie.

"I hate you meeces to pieces......!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: fat B****rd
Date: 27 Mar 21 - 04:44 AM

Mr. Jinx ?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 26 Mar 21 - 10:26 PM

Keep those check-ins coming.


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