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SINGAPORE, George Yeo, former Health Minister (2004-2011) grilled MOH (Ministry Of Health) for misleading Singaporean by potraying Pzifer favorably; while ignoring Sinovac actually performed superbly in Thailand health workers case.
1) Recently on July 12 former Minister George Yeo posted on his Facebook about the biased press attacks on Sinovac.
“617 out of 670,000 vaccinated healthcare workers got infected. That’s less than 0.1%. The headline is misleading.” This is in defense of the relentless attacks by Reuters on Sinovac.
2) The senior leadership of Pfizer and Reuters are one & the same person — James C Smith. (See background in Pfizer webpage.)
3) MOH simply echoes & relies on Reuters News about negative reports of Sinovac in Indonesia to delay approval of Sinovac for inclusion in the national vaccination program. However, the Vaccine Committee should have advised MOH to follow peer-review published by reputable medical journals to rate Covid-19 vaccines.
4) A role Model of objectivity & fairness would be Madam Ho Ching who actually quoted Lancet that defended Sinovac.
5) Given that intimate relationship between Reuters and Pfizer why did the Vaccine Committee not warned MOH of the conflict of interests in Reuters’ biased reporting of Sinovac?
6) Why did the Vaccine Committee not castigate MOH for using Reuters instead of Lancet to explain whether Sinovac should be approved as part of the National Programme?
7) Could the Minister of Health politely remind and direct the Vaccine Committee and MOH to follow the excellent examples like Madam Ho Ching and Mr. George Yeo to be objective & fair in the approval process of Covid-19 vaccines. ( Also ask HSA why it takes 4-6 weeks to read two peer-review journals.)
Aghast and Disappointed Singaporeans
Jeffrey Sachs and the Lancet Covid-19 commission
REVEALED: 26 out of the 27 Lancet scientists who trashed theory that Covid leaked from a Chinese lab have links to Wuhan researchers
- The Lancet letter published in March 2020 called claims that Covid-19 originated in lab ‘conspiracy theories’
- It was signed by 27 scientists from across the globe working in virology and other medical science fields
- The widely-read letter effectively ended all debate about origins of the global coronavirus pandemic
- Investigation by The Telegraph has found 26 out of 27 had connections to China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology
PUBLISHED: 11:24 BST, 11 September 2021 | UPDATED: 14:59 BST, 11 September 2021
Of the 27 scientists who wrote a letter in The Lancet medical journal dismissing the possibility that Covid-19 originated from a Wuhan lab, 26 have links to its Chinese researchers, their colleagues or its benefactors, a new investigation has revealed.
On March 7 last year, the influential journal published the letter in which the 27 scientists said they ‘strongly condemned conspiracy theories’ surrounding the origins of the coronavirus pandemic that has impacted all corners of the world.
All debate into whether Covid-19 had man-made origins or leaked from the lab in Wuhan – the Chinese city that was ground-zero for the virus – was effectively shut down by the letter.
However, an investigation by The Daily Telegraph newspaper into the signatories has found that 26 of the 27 had some link to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where the leak was suspected – calling into question their impartiality.
Signatories include Dr Peter Daszak, the British president of EcoHealth Alliance, which funnelled money into controversial research at a Wuhan Institute of Virology, and UK Government scientific adviser Sir Jeremy Farrar.
Only one – Dr Ronald Corley, a microbiology expert from Boston University – has been found to have no links back to funders or researchers at the Wuhan institute.
(5) Chinese study of Guangdong finds that Sinovac has high efficacy but the one in Brazil says only 54% effective.
- A study in China found that SinoVac and SinoPharm were 70% effective in preventing COVID-19 infection
- A preprint study in Brazil found that SinoVac was only 54% effective in preventing coronavirus infection
- Singapore had previously refused to count SinoVac jabs in the country’s tally of vaccinations
The China-made COVID-19 vaccine, SinoVac, has been found to produce significantly lower levels of antibodies compared to the vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, prompting residents in Singapore to get booster shots.
(6) A study in Bahrain says that Sinovac is not highly effective.
(7) Thailand doesn’t want Sinovac any longer.
BANGKOK, July 11 — Thailand’s health ministry said today more than 600 medical workers who received two doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine have been infected with Covid-19, as authorities weigh giving booster doses to raise immunity.
Of the 677,348 medical personnel who received two doses of Sinovac, 618 became infected, health ministry data from April to July showed. A nurse has died and another medical worker is in critical condition.
An expert panel has recommended a third dose to trigger immunity for medical workers who are at risk, senior health official Sopon Iamsirithawon, told a news briefing today.
“This will be a different vaccine, either viral vector AstraZeneca or an mRNA vaccine, which Thailand will be receiving in the near term,” he said, adding that the recommendation will be considered tomorrow.
The announcement comes as the Southeast Asian country reported a record high of 9,418 community infections today. Yesterday authorities reported a record of 91 new daily coronavirus fatalities.