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There’s big breaking news on the hydroxychloroquine front, which I’m sure will please my reader “Reacherfan.” Here’s what he had to say about vaccines, and then I’ll report the results of a promising new study.

From “Reacherfan”:

You are right on about Fauci. I worked with vaccine researchers in a multinational pharmaceutical and biological company, and researchers have profound tunnel vision. Fauci needs to remember that vaccines, especially killed vaccines, only provide immunity in the 70-80 percent range. Live-attenuated usually goes into the 90's, but neither is 100 percent. You end up relying on herd immunity, which needs around 90-94% to actually work. You can have vaccines, but you better have a treatment, too. because not everyone will tolerate the vaccine, not everyone's immune system will build sufficient antibodies, the life of the antibodies will be unknown, and groups of people will refuse the vaccine for medical or religious reasons. Fauci is fixated, and that is a VERY bad attitude.

From the Gov:

Vaccines have virtually eliminated certain tragic diseases, but when it comes to flu –- well, notice that people still get it; we still have about 60,000 deaths each year from seasonal flu. (To put this in perspective, that’s about what the revised computer models are predicting for COVID-19 this year.) Every fall, we’re told to be sure to get the flu vaccine to provide protection going into winter, but typically the vaccine will provide only "iffy" protection.

Of course, with flu, that’s largely because they can’t be sure the strain going around will be the strain they planned for. In the case of this coronavirus, we know the strain (unless it mutates, which they seem to think is unlikely), but even then, it’s not necessarily a sure thing. We won’t know until they complete their trials. Dr. Fauci and many in media have been talking as if the vaccine were the Holy Grail –- a 100 percent solution to the problem of COVID-19 when at last it is perfected, sometime within the next 12 to 18 months.

So why is there such resistance, even from the Centers for Disease Control, to a drug that can be used RIGHT NOW as opposed to the promise of a future vaccine? There is now a tremendous amount of “anecdotal” evidence that hydroxychloroquine combined with azithromycin (or doxycycline for those for whom “zith” is unsafe) is keeping people out of the hospital and helping them recover quickly. On this, we have breaking news that French President Emmanuel Macron has visited the Mediterranean Institute of Infection in Marseille, France, of renowned epidemiologist Professor Didier Raoult, where he received the extremely positive results of a larger follow-up study of 1,061 COVID-19 patients. In 973 patients, healing from the virus took place in 10 days or less; that’s an efficacy rate of 91 percent. No patients had cardiac complications.

Infectious disease expert Dr. Stephen Smith, appearing on Laura Ingraham's Thursday night show, said the head of the CDC, who has been dismissive, is “a Beltway guy” who “hasn’t seen anybody with COVID.” Dr. Smith has treated 115 COVID-19 patients with HCQ/zith and says “this drug works.” He says this is “not a Democrat thing, it’s not a Republican thing.” (If only.) He is convinced it works. They're working now on the optimum dose, he said, because the French have used a much higher dose than American doctors have. American patients have been getting a total dose of 2,400 milligrams, while the French get 6,000 milligrams. “The drug builds up,” he explained, “so it’s the total dose that matters.”

As Dr. Ramin Oskoui, CEO of Foxhall Cardiology, told Ingraham, “I think that any real solution has to be cheap, effective, safe, and scalable. Vaccines are not going to be any of those things.” He pointed out that it would be lucrative for those trying to invent one, but that we’ll be lucky to get it in 18 months. We’ve tried to make vaccines for coronaviruses for years, he said –- I would add that "the common cold" is a coronavirus about 20 percent of the time –- but that the closest we’ve come was a feline vaccine that caused a lethal response. There was never a vaccine developed for SARS or MERS.

There was no vaccine for Sars or Mers. Will there be one this time?

Rather than focusing on a vaccine, he concluded, “we need to think about herd immunity, we need to think about hydroxychloroquine, continue these studies...and I think it’s also important to start this [drug] earlier in therapy,” not when they’re already headed into the ICU. There’s much more of a benefit with mild-to-moderate disease, he said.

I get the impression that in spite of what Dr. Fauci says, there might not ever be a really effective vaccine for COVID-19, meaning that as long as it’s in the population, some will get it. That’s why we need to focus on effective treatments NOW. There's also emerging evidence that hydroxycloroquine might work as a preventative, just as it does with malaria. Someday, if there are more outbreaks, we may all have to take our hydroxychloroquine pills the way we take our daily vitamin, before we go off to work or school or wherever we want to go. Dismissing safe and possibly lifesaving treatments simply because Trump encourages their use is...I’ve said it before...evil.

It’ll be interesting when people start getting tested for immunity, and we can find out 1) how deeply into the population this virus has spread, and 2) how many people can (with some safeguards, just in case) start back to work. We're flying blind right now. The genetic code of this virus was cracked back in January and put online; some other countries have already been doing testing, but the FDA bureaucracy held up approval on a test for the U.S. One was finally approved last Wednesday, but the company making it reportedly has operations in...you guessed it...China. At the risk of sounding like Joe Biden, come on, guys!

Here’s another thought-provoking letter

From Doris:

It has been reported that these so-called "markets," which all [have] the same disgusting uses of animals of all types, are all over China. Yet, all of these epidemics, [such as] SARS and now the coronavirus, are identified with coming from one location –- Wuhan, and none of the others –- and that is where China has a biological warfare lab. It makes me think that the origin of the Corona Virus is NOT from the market but from the lab. Accidental or deliberate? We may never know. However one of the female lab doctors from that lab who wanted to notify the world about this virus has disappeared…

From the Gov:

Thanks, Doris. We’ve been covering this; it is not “conspiracy theory” to look at the evidence and consider the possibility that the first transmission of this virus to a human being happened not in that market but in a lab where they were researching coronaviruses in bats. (In fact, there are two labs in the area that reportedly study coronaviruses). We can’t rule out biowarfare, but there are other, legitimate reasons to be studying these illnesses; the jury is still out. But the ChiComms go to great lengths to keep their secrets, don’t they? I think someday we’ll have a clear idea of how this happened.

What I like is that you bring up something we’re not really hearing about: that this isn’t the first virus to come from THAT AREA though the “wet markets” are an unfortunate cultural phenomenon that occurs in many parts of China. Why does the contagion keep happening there, and not, say, in Beijing? Sharp observation; if you brought that up in China, you’d likely end up in a prison camp.

There’s a meme going around that reads, “How are you enjoying your 30-day free trial of socialism?” But I never thought that would be true in a place like Greenville, Mississippi.

Mississippi’s Governor encouraged churches not to hold services in person to combat the coronavirus, but he refused to ban them from doing so, saying, “Mississippi is not China, and never will be.” But someone needs to get that message to Greenville’s Democrat Mayor Errick Simmons, who not only ordered churches closed, he even banned drive-in services.

Last Sunday, members of Temple Baptist Church gathered in about 25 cars in the church parking lot to listen to pastor Arthur Scott preaching over the radio. Police came and handed $500 tickets to each driver, even though they were all inside separate closed cars. The only time they violated “social distancing” was when they had to roll down their windows to take the tickets from the cops.

Scott said police told him he might go to jail, and he said if that’s what it takes to keep preaching, he’ll gladly go to jail, and he will see them at the church next Sunday.

The religious freedom law firm First Liberty sent a letter to Simmons demanding that the ban be lifted, and stating that “religious liberty is not suspended during a pandemic” and Americans should not “tolerate churchgoers being ticketed by the police for following CDC guidelines at church.”

Once again, it’s very instructive to see how quickly tolerant, compassionate liberals turn into ironfisted authoritarians when given just a little power. It’s yet another reason why you should never believe the claim that socialism would work great, it’s just that the “right people” have never been in charge of it. If you even want to be in charge of a socialist government, then you’re the wrong people to be in charge of the government.

From Robin:

I speak a little Arabic (Iraqi), and my Iraqi friend has a funny way of speaking his thoughts on the Chinese government. (I hope this isn't too offensive.)

"May the fleas from a thousand camels infest their armpits."

On that thought, have a good evening!

From the Gov:

Thanks, Robin! Is your friend by any chance named Carnac the Magnificent? That sounds like something Johnny Carson would have used in the act, and I mean that in the most complimentary way. Though flea-infested armpits might be too good for the ChiComms, I will respond with an appropriate limerick, courtesy of Huckabee staff writer/researcher Laura Ainsworth:

There once were some Commie Chinese

Who spread a pandemic disease

They lied while it spread

Now thousands are dead

So, YES, may their armpits have fleas!

The lying I spoke of in yesterday’s installment was just the tip of the iceberg. It’s hard enough to assess the danger of this pandemic without people deliberately lying. Here are just a few more examples, not from China but from right here in the U.S.A.

The health care workers risking their own health to fight this virus deserve nothing but praise. But in New York, a nurse who claimed in an apparently phony video that she had quit her job after being made to work in a coronavirus ICU without a face mask fooled CBS News into posting it, complete with background music and captions added to highlight the supposed danger.

In the video, this Instagram “influencer” gets emotional and says, “America is not prepared, and nurses are not being protected.” But on Facebook, she had admitted she left her job at the hospital over a year ago and wasn’t sure she was ready to return to work, as she has anxiety and bi-polar depression and was “triggered” by the growing volume of information on COVID-19.

Note the irony in what she posted: “The information overload can be hard for me to sift through as far as what is credible and what is not, it triggers me.” This, when her own words blur the line between truth and fiction.

Not only CBS, but now-former-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was misled by the video. He retweeted the fraudulent CBS NEWS story, adding, “It is insane that our nurses are being forced to care for the sick without masks and respirators. The Department of Labor must immediately issue emergency workplace standards to protect our health workers, their families, and their patients.”

https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/06/cbs-news-posts-fraudulent-video-icu-nurse-crying-over-poor-working-conditions/

Finding out how New York hospitals are currently doing regarding PPE (personal protective equipment) is challenging. We went back to CBS NEWS to see what they’re saying right now. For one thing, they’re still maintaining the fiction that Trump “dissolved” the White House pandemic response office in 2018; my understanding is that Trump did not get rid of it but consolidated it with other offices. Beth Cameron, who ran it under Obama (and then under Trump until he reorganized), is quoted at length about what keeps her up at night right now –- mostly competition between states for supplies. She says that “without a unified federal plan, states don’t have any choice but to be prepared for their constituents.” She’d like to see a federal-level “logistics czar.”

Recall that just this week, I complimented President Trump on his ability to delegate, to give governors the very responsibility Cameron is worried about them having. When I was governor of Arkansas and dealing with emergencies, I saw that being closer to my constituents made me better able to determine my state’s unique needs, as opposed to having to depend on a “one-size-fits-all” federal bureaucracy. As she is one of those bureaucrats herself, she might not get that.

Yes, we've had challenges getting supplies to hospitals, notably because so many of them have been made in China for years. The CBS story does acknowledge this problem, with Prashant Yardav, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and “an expert on supply chain management,” saying that of all the N95 respirators we might use, half or more come from China. The same goes for protective gear such as masks, gloves and gowns. So, given the startling number of cases predicted, the Department of Health and Human Services warned there wouldn't be enough.

But the CBS story never says that medical professionals caring for coronavirus patients in New York hospitals are going without respirators. I have read elsewhere that in their uncertainty about the supply chain, they have been re-using them, but that’s very different.

The problem as I see it, whether supplies are allocated at the federal level or not, is that most of this stuff is coming from China. That has to change NOW, and Trump has been coordinating with private companies to make it happen. Still, it doesn’t help us determine the severity of the problem when CBS NEWS, Bernie Sanders and others post a fake video by someone who doesn’t even work at a hospital.

https://news.yahoo.com/why-links-ppe-supply-chain-153800387.html

Much of the anxiety about demand is based on computer models that turned out to be wildly wrong, dramatically inflating the numbers of people who would require hospitalization. In other words, computer models can “lie,” too, at least in the sense that the predictions they’ve given us to work with are false. Though Tuesday was, nationwide, the deadliest day we’ve had, “the curve” of new cases seems to be flattening in places where infection has been worst, such as New York, New Jersey and the Seattle area, and the need for beds and ventilators is not nearly what was anticipated, thank God. Projections are being revised downward.

https://q13fox.com/2020/04/08/army-field-hospital-at-centurylink-field-event-center-moving-to-another-state/

Of course, some of the most damaging lies are those told “by omission.” For example, we had the story a couple of days ago about Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett and her swift recovery after literally begging the medical bureaucracy to let her have a prescription for hydroxychloroquine. (Recall that Michigan is the state in which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer temporarily called for doctors in her state not to prescribe the drug for coronavirus.) Over just a few hours, Whitsett's condition had deteriorated greatly, with shortness of breath and fluid-filled lungs, and she was terrified. But later that night after taking the medication, she was already on the mend. And even though she’s a Democrat politician, she credited President Trump’s publicizing of the drug with her treatment and amazing recovery.

On Tuesday night, she and her doctor appeared on Tucker Carlson’s FOX NEWS show. Carlson has been an outspoken critic of Democrat politicians, fanatical anti-Trump media people and some government bureaucrats who are trying to get between patients and their doctors by discouraging the use of this therapy, in most cases only because President Trump has been touting it as a possible remedy. You’d think that to offer their audience hope for a treatment in the coming weeks, some other media outlets might pick up Rep. Whitsett’s story, right?

Wrong. No other major media outlet has picked it up. Nothing about Rep. Whitsett’s recovery was seen on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, PBS or NPR. The DETROIT FREE PRESS had the story on Tuesday, but even though USA TODAY is under ownership of the same publisher, Gannett, the story did not “go national."  Except for the people who watch FOX NEWS –- and perhaps listen to Hannity and other conservative radio hosts –- the story was effectively buried. This is a textbook example of “lying by omission.”

That’s why, when a witness is sworn in to testify, the person is required to tell not just the truth, but the WHOLE truth. With anything concerning President Trump, the mainstream media can never be trusted to get it right.

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/tim-graham/2020/04/08/spiked-only-fox-talks-democrat-saying-she-was-saved-trump-and-his

As I've said before, in the news business it used to be, "If if bleeds it leads," but now, it's "If it makes Trump bleed, it leads."  Here’s how ridiculous the lying about Trump and hydroxychloroquine has gotten.

https://dailycaller.com/2020/04/08/snopes-new-york-times-hydroxychloroquine-trump-finances-stake-investment/

If you doubt what I’m saying, I’ll let Attorney General William Barr have the last word.

William Barr: Media on ‘jihad’ to discredit hydroxychloroquine

I said a few days ago that China’s attempt to swoop in and save the day for other countries infected with the Wuhan virus is like an arsonist who runs into the building he set on fire to make himself look like the hero. It seems that this analogy may be even more descriptive than I thought.

Obviously, we can’t trust numbers coming out of China. On April 7, NBC NEWS tweeted that in a 24-hour period, the U.S. reported 1,264 deaths from coronavirus while China reported “not a single new coronavirus death.” Technically, that’s correct: China REPORTED not a single new death. But why is NBC willingly serving as China’s propaganda microphone? That’s not to pick on NBC; they’re not the only ones doing this.

Steven W. Mosher, author of the extremely timely book “BULLY OF ASIA: Why China’s Dream Is The New Threat To World Order,” appeared Tuesday on Laura Ingraham’s show to talk about this. He opened by saying what we already know: that from the beginning, China has lied outrageously. “They don’t just fudge the numbers,” he said; “they make them up out of whole cloth.”

Mosher thinks at least 50,000 have died in Wuhan since the beginning of the outbreak. To get that number, he noted that the Wuhan crematoria that were going full-on for 60 days, and they process about 1,000 bodies per day. After that, they began handing out funeral urns to grieving relatives, 500 of them a day, from 7 crematoria, times 14 days. Do the math.

He reminds us that this is the same Communist Party that told us no one died in Tienanmen Square when we later found out that around 10,000 lost their lives. It’s the same Communist Party that said no one died after The Great Leap Forward famine, when it turned out that 42.5 million perished. I’d say their numbers were a little off.

"So, I don’t know why anyone would take numbers out of China seriously,” he said. “I mean, why would anyone try to make China look good in this way –- it couldn’t just be just to make America look bad.”

Or...could it?

According to a March 26 story in PROPUBLICA, China has been using thousands of fake Twitter accounts to coordinate a disinformation campaign “about the coronavirus outbreak, the Hong Kong protests and other topics of state interest.” While Democrats were crying “Russia Russia Russia,” it appears China was gearing up for some serious “meddling” of its own. They’ve spent $10 billion on their campaign; this is much more massive than anything the Russians, with their few Twitter accounts, did. Most media ignored this story.

When you have time, take a look at it –- pretty scary.

And if you saw Monday’s press briefing with President Trump, you saw a young woman representing Phoenix TV of Hong Kong, which Trump called out as being owned by the Chinese (good for you, Mr. President!). Obviously, the Chinese media are here, putting together their own narratives for their own propaganda pieces. The Chinese embassies and media outlets are touting their success in controlling the virus, when they did nothing of the sort. Thousands of Chinese died, and the virus spread around the world.

The latest thing China is lying about is the reliability of coronavirus tests they’ve sent around the world. If anything needs to be accurate, it’s a test for this virus, but according to Mosher, the tests are “junk” that will “kill people.” The Department of Health had said that coronavirus test kits sent by China were only 40 percent accurate, but apparently Beijing bullied them into recanting that statement. On April 1, Mosher said that China is providing Europe with defective tests, masks that leak and protective gear that doesn’t protect. Some of the supplies have actually been sent back. (It occurs to me that if the workers in the Wuhan biolab weren’t protected by their gear, that alone doesn’t say much for the label “Made In China.”)

Mosher calls the World Health Organization “the Chinese Health Organization” and rightly criticizes them for not holding up Taiwan as an example for how to handle the pandemic. Taiwan was the first country to close its borders to Wuhan and as a result of this quick action had very few infections and deaths. But Taiwan isn’t even recognized as a country by China, so W.H.O. was intimidated into not recognizing their efforts. President Trump said Tuesday that he’s going to be looking into the World Health Organization, noting that the U.S. is their major source of funds. I have a feeling their funding from America may be drying up soon.

The article at the link includes more details as well as a Mosher’s historical perspective on China’s totalitarianism. Highly recommended…

As for our own media lying about coronavirus, what makes me the maddest right now is their insistence that Trump is wrong about the hydroxychloroquine/azithromycin/zinc drug therapy, when all signs point to a success here.

Even Dr. Anthony Fauci raises my blood pressure (an especially bad thing right now) when he says we may not ever get back to normal. For him, a vaccine is the Holy Grail, and until we find that, there are no long-term studies to give him confidence in any treatment. Never mind that an approved vaccine is likely 12-18 months away. I’m not accusing Dr. Fauci of bad intentions, just of thinking like a single-minded researcher and perhaps not seeing the big picture.

Zeke Emanuel, brother of Rahm “NEVER LET A SERIOUS CRISIS GO TO WASTE” Emanuel, said on MSNBC Monday night that America will probably be shut down for at least 18 months. Amplifying Dr. Fauci, he said, “We will not be able to return to normalcy...I know that’s dreadful news to hear...Conferences, concerts, sporting events, religious services, dinner at a restaurant, none of that will resume until we find a vaccine, a treatment or a cure.” What a lovely “serious crisis” this would create for leftists.

The vaccine won't come till later, but we may be on the verge of a treatment or cure, possibly a preventative, plus the very important antibody test. New studies are encouraging, but the mainstream media aren’t about to let Trump have a win on this, even if it means the end of the American economy as we know it, and that’s just plain evil. They seem to be actively rooting for him to be wrong. Trump’s optimism about hydroxychloroquine has been called “false hope,” “lies,” and “fake science.” Some have even speculated that Trump is touting this drug because he has a financial interest in it.

Mainstream media have definitely noticed the conservative critics of naysayers such as Dr. Fauci. Here’s what THE GUARDIAN had to say about us. Not super-slanted until the last several paragraphs…

This issue needs to be about health, not politics. I’ll leave you with a powerful “anecdote” about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine from Dr. Marc Siegel. Anecdotal evidence has its place. And so does any treatment that’s known to be safe and that might very well do some good.