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Can vitamin D protect against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
William F. Marshall, III M.D.
There isn't enough data to recommend use of vitamin D to prevent infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 or to treat COVID-19, according to the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization.

Several recent studies have looked at the impact of vitamin D on COVID-19. One study of 489 people found that those who had a vitamin D deficiency were more likely to test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 than people who had normal levels of vitamin D.

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During COVID Lockdown, Vaccine Rates Dropped — So Did the Number of SIDS Deaths
By Brian Hooker, Ph.D, P.E., 01/22/21
One of the unintended consequences of COVID-19 lockdown and quarantine measures in the U.S. is seen in childhood vaccination rates. Overall, these rates plummeted when the first emergency measures took place in March 2020.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a drop of more than 2 million in the number of doses of non-influenza vaccines ordered from late March to early April. Orders for measles-containing vaccines alone dropped by more than 300,000 doses.

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We Need More Details and Raw Data on Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines
by Peter Doshi, PhD, Published January 24, 2021
On Nov. 26, 2020, when I raised questions1 about the results of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trials, all that was in the public domain were the study protocols2 and a few press releases.3 Now, two journal publications4 and around 400 pages of summary data are available in the form of multiple reports presented by and to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)5 prior to the agency’s emergency authorization of each company’s mRNA vaccine. While some of the additional details are reassuring, some are not. Here I outline new concerns about the trustworthiness and meaningfulness of the reported efficacy results.

“Suspected COVID-19”
All attention has focused on the dramatic efficacy results: Pfizer reported 170 PCR confirmed COVID-19 cases, split eight to 162 between vaccine and placebo groups. But these numbers were dwarfed by a category of disease called “suspected COVID-19”—those with symptomatic COVID-19 that were not PCR confirmed. According to FDA’s report on Pfizer’s vaccine,6 there were “3410 total cases of suspected, but unconfirmed COVID-19 in the overall study population, 1594 occurred in the vaccine group vs. 1816 in the placebo group.”

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32 Nursing Home Residents Die in COVID-19 Outbreak During Mass Vaccination Drive
by Carolyn Hendler, JD, Published January 24, 2021
Thirty-two residents have died in The Commons on St. Anthony, a nursing home in Auburn, Cayuga county, New York during a COVD-19 outbreak that started at the end of December 2020. On Jan. 5, 2021, there were 130 residents, who tested positive for COVD-19 and, as of Jan. 11, there were 104 active coronavirus cases in the nursing home with 47 recoveries and 47 employees in quarantine.

Recently, the New York nursing home began administering the COVD-19 vaccine to staff and residents. On Dec. 22, 193 residents and 113 staff members received their first COVID-19 vaccination, with the second dose given on Jan. 12. As of Jan. 6, 80 percent of the residents had been vaccinated. The local news reported, “The outbreak started at the same time the facility started to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.”

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‘Catastrophically wrong’: German court declares regional lockdown UNCONSTITUTIONAL in ‘politically explosive’ decision
23 Jan, 2021
A German district court has declared a strict lockdown imposed by the government of the central state of Thuringia last spring unconstitutional, as it acquitted a person accused of violating it.

A trivial case about a man violating strict German lockdown rules by celebrating a birthday with his friends has ended up in a decision the German media described as “politically explosive.” A district court in the city of Weimar did not just acquit the defendant but also stated that the authorities themselves breached Germany's basic law.

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