Safety is the watchword: UK regulator says there is ‘no chance’ it will compromise on Covid-19 vaccine

11-11-20 01:21:00,

The UK’s vaccine regulator has reassured Britons that the approval of a Covid-19 jab in the UK will not be rushed or compromised, as the government says everyone needs a chance to get immunized.

Dr June Raine, the chief of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), said on Wednesday that the UK will maintain high standards through the Covid vaccine approval process. 

Although we have adapted our processes to undertake our rigorous review of effectiveness and safety in a rolling way, there is absolutely no chance that we will compromise on standards of safety or effectiveness.

Speaking at a coronavirus data briefing from 10 Downing St, Raine said that “the safety of the public will always come first” and that the approval process involves meticulous examination and an independent layer of experts to guarantee the body’s impartiality. 

The regulatory chief stated that the process does not finish after the vaccine is approved and added that the agency will continually monitor the product’s safety. 

Raine also said the MHRA would be looking very carefully at the efficacy of the candidate vaccines on older people. 

The vaccine chief was flanked by Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, the UK’s deputy chief medical officer, and Professor Wei Shen Lim, chair of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization. 

Van-Tam said that the health authorities may need to make a decision based on the interim data provided by the vaccine developers, noting that distributing the jab with speed and ensuring high uptake are important in tackling the virus. 

When questioned on whether vaccines will be available to purchase privately, Van-Tam said he would not approve of the idea, adding that the vaccines need to be available for those that need them, not just those who can afford them. 

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On Monday the world breathed a collective sigh of relief as pharmaceutical company Pfizer claimed its vaccine had a 90 percent success rate, an apparent breakthrough in the race to develop an effective and safe vaccine. 

On Wednesday, the developers of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine said that their formula was 92 percent effective and that no serious side effects were observed in large-scale Phase III clinical trials. 

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US Nuclear Safety: A Critical Problem That Has Largely Been Kept Out Of The Public Eye

23-09-18 07:33:00,

Authored by Peter Korzun via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

The issue of nuclear safety has been a hot topic in the second half of 2018. It has just been discussed in detail at the 62nd International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference in Geneva, which was held Sept. 17-21. The international conference on “The Security of Radioactive Material: The Way Forward for Prevention and Detection,” which is scheduled for Vienna, Dec. 3-7, is going to be a landmark international event that will be a focus for the media spotlight.

It is true that poor storage conditions and low nuclear-safety standards threaten the environment and increase the possibility of nuclear materials getting into the wrong hands.

Russia can be proud of its achievements in this area. The days of the 1990s when it needed outside help to tackle this problem are long gone. In 2013, Moscow ended the joint Russian-US Cooperative Threat Reduction program (the Nunn-Lugar program) because it is now able to manage these issues on its own. The cooperation over the secure storage of weapons-grade materials was suspended in 2014. The IAEA reports that today Russia boasts high nuclear-safety standards. Sophisticated protection equipment has been installed and all nuclear sites are jointly safeguarded by the military, ROSATOM’s security agency, and on-site security teams. The materials are properly safeguarded during transportation. A special program to upgrade the transportation infrastructure has been in place since 2010.

The report “The Use of Highly Enriched Uranium as Fuel in Russia,” issued by the International Panel on Fissile Materials (IPFM), a group based at Princeton University, admits that the country has made great progress to ensure the safety of uranium stockpiles and transportation. It also includes criticism, the absence of which would be odd in any report prepared by a US think tank. It states that “highly enriched uranium (HEU) poses special concerns, as it can be used relatively easily in simple nuclear explosive devices by states with limited nuclear weapon expertise or even by non-state actors … [Russia] has not made highly enriched uranium minimization a priority.” The paper concludes that it is essential to secure Russia’s commitment to the development of a comprehensive,

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Safety of RNAi Corn Called Into Question | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

10-01-18 08:23:00,

January 8th, 2018

By Sayer Ji

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Another study confirms what activists and scientists alike have been warning: the next generation of RNA interference GM foods may seriously compromise the genetic integrity of our species.

A new study, titled “Detection of dietetically absorbed maize-derived microRNAs in pigs”, adds fuel to the fire of the growing controversy surrounding the EPA’s recent and conspicuously underreported approval of Monsanto/Dow’s RNA interference (RNAi) corn — a new type of genetically modified organism comprised of a multitude of genetically engineered traits (and therefore potential health risks) destined to make it to people’s dinner tables by the end of this decade. (You can view the entire study pdf here.)

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The Biotech/Chemical industry’s new RNAi corn was quietly rubber stamped by the EPA on June 15th of last year under the premature, under the patently false assumption that the RNA interference molecules in the maize can not directly affect the gene expression of those animals or humans who eat it.

The ongoing controversy relates to a fundamental difference of opinion on the age old aphorism: ’you are what you eat.’ The GMO side answers NO, rejecting the idea. To them, food isn’t imbued with any unique, biologically meaningful properties beyond the fact that it is a source of energy (calories) and bodily building-blocks (biochemicals such as carbs, fats and proteins, and a few key minerals and vitamins). Therefore, they contend that GMO food is substantially equivalent to conventional food, and therefore carries with it no additional safety concerns. Ironically, their marketing and lobbying efforts say otherwise: they claim their newly created genetically modified organisms are so exceptionally unique that they warrant receiving the patents they need to maintain market exclusivity. Essentially they want to have their Roundup-ready cake and eat it too.

Also see: Big Biotech’s ‘Substantial Equivalence’ Argument Busted by Latest GMO Study

The other side — what should be called the the pro-Real Science, and pro-Safety side — not only says YES to the concept that we are what we eat,

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